I tell no lies," said the butcher, with the same mild huskiness as before, "and I contradick none--not if a man was to swear himself black: he's no meat o' mine, nor none o' my bargains.
But the butcher, having music in his soul, had listened with a divided desire for Tookey's defeat and for the preservation of the peace.
Here he took from his girdle a well-filled purse, and continued, "I would fain be a butcher, this day, and sell meat at Nottingham town.
Heaven bless ye, good Robin," cried the butcher right joyfully, "that can I
Now when the folk found what a simple butcher he was, they crowded around his cart; for he really did sell three times as much for one penny as was sold by the other butchers.
Another said, "He is a thief who has murdered a butcher, and stolen his horse and meat.
Then the butchers saw that they must meet craft with craft; and they said to him, "Come, brother butcher, if you would sell meat with us, you must e'en join our guild and stand by the rules of our trade.
Accurst of his heart," said jolly Robin, "That a butcher will deny.
I go to the market at Nottingham Town to sell my beef and my mutton," answered the Butcher.
Now, by Our Lady's grace," cried the Butcher, "well do I know thy name, and many a time have I heard thy deeds both sung and spoken of.
At four marks do I value meat, cart, and mare," quoth the Butcher, "but if I do not sell all my meat I will not have four marks in value.
Now, I would fain be a butcher for the day and sell my meat in Nottingham Town.
cried the Butcher right joyfully, as he leaped down from his cart and took the purse that Robin held out to him.
I suppose this can be managed somehow,' said the butcher
, after a pretty long silence.
If you choose to buy him,' answered the butchers